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A smooth passage for athletes and visitors

22 July 2002

Extra immigration staff have been drafted into Manchester, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports to deal with the estimated 12,000 overseas visitors to the UK.

Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport will see the arrival of thousands of overseas visitors

The non-EU Games participants and large numbers of overseas visitors will arrive over the next few days.

This is the culmination of two years preparation work by the Immigration Service for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

The Immigration Service is determined to assist genuine participants and visitors and has been working closely with the Games organisers and individual Commonwealth Games Associations since 2000 to assist teams with procedures and visa applications and provide specialist information to participants and visitors

Beverley Hughes, Immigration Minister said:

“A great deal of hard work has gone into preparing for the Commonwealth Games. I would like to thank all the Immigration Service staff who are playing an important part in making sure that the large numbers of participants and visitors entering the country can do so smoothly.

“The Commonwealth Games is the culmination of years of planning and I am sure it will be a tremendous success.”

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